When Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” debuted in 1942, no one imagined that a holiday song would top the charts year after year. One of the best-selling singles ever released, it remains on rotation at tree lighting ceremonies across the country, in crowded shopping malls on Black Friday, and at warm diners on lonely Christmas Eve nights.
Resting just beneath the surface of familiar melodies and words, jolly Santas, winter wonderlands, and roasting chestnuts both mask and represent an intricate cultural landscape crowded with the meanings of a modern American Christmas.
Ronald D. Lankford Jr. explores all this holiday history in his book, Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs.
In Days Of Fire: Bush And Cheney In The White House, Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, takes us on a gripping and intimate journey through the eight years of the Bush and Cheney administration in a tour-de-force narrative of a dramatic and controversial presidency.
Wendell Minor is considered one of our nation’s premier historical illustrators. He travels throughout the United States to research, draw and paint on location, and immerse himself in the subject at hand.
The Norman Rockwell Museum is celebrating the artist’s four-decade career, highlighting his many cover illustrations and 25th anniversary illustrating children’s books, each inspired by his love of history, art, science, and the natural world. Wendell Minor’s America is on view at the museum through May 26, 2014.
The exhibit traces the Minor’s artistic journey through original artwork, artifacts, and references from his expansive visual chronicles, as well as commentary about his collaborations with our nation’s most prominent authors, scientists, and historians.
Stephen Lang is a Tony Award-nominated American actor and playwright who is also well known for his film work - including his roles as George E. Pickett in Gettysburg, Stonewall Jackson in Gods and Generals, Colonel Quaritch in Avatar and many others.
The program features a one man show written and performed by Stephen Lang, original music composed by Robert Kessler and performed by virtuoso double-bassist Timothy Cobb, and the a screening of the short film The Wheatfield, written and performed by Lang, and directed by filmmakers, Alexander and Adrian Smith. The program is hosted by historian Harold Holzer.
California now has more trees than at any time since the late Pleistocene. This green landscape, however, is not the work of nature. It’s the work of history.
Jared Farmer's book, Trees in Paradise offers an insightful, new perspective on the history of the Golden State and the American West.
Jared Farmer, a Utah native and former Californian, is the author of On Zion’s Mount, a landscape history awarded the prestigious Parkman Prize for literary excellence. He teaches history at Stony Brook University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Fifty years after his assassination, President John F. Kennedy’s legend endures. Now author and historian Thurston Clark argues that the heart of that legend is what might have been.
Thurston Clarke is the author or the new book JFK’s Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President. His articles have appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and the Washington Post.
The new book We Were There: Revelations from the Dallas Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963, shares the memories of the surgeons and 46 other doctors who were there the day the president died in Parkland Memorial Hospital emergency room in Dallas, Texas.
For a few impactful days in 1963, Parkland Hospital was the focus of worldwide attention.
Dr. Allen Childs has put together this new book which chronicles the perspective of the doctors from that day.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past fifty years, you’re aware of the many hypotheses that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was not done by one man. Whether you’ve read one or a dozen of the books on this topic, it’s nearly impossible to fully grasp the depth of this conspiracy.
In They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK New York Times bestselling authors Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell, and David Wayne have teamed up with some of the most respected and influential assassination researchers to put together the ultimate compendium that covers every angle—from the plot to the murder—of JFK.
The last great campaign of John F. Kennedy’s life was not the battle for reelection that he did not live to wage, but the struggle for sustainable peace with the Soviet Union.
A struggle written about in the new book To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace - it is written by Jeffrey Sachs a world renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, and a senior UN advisor.